I started playing clarinet in the school band at age six. My father was a musician, and he thought that playing in the school band would help me overcome my extreme shyness. I remember my first music lesson. I really liked my teacher. He came to my house, and he helped me to care for my clarinet and make some sounds on it. I thought playing the clarinet was wonderful. Once in awhile my mom would have to urge me to practice, but I was so drawn to playing the clarinet from the start that I would practice a lot on my own.
I was the youngest member of the grade school band, but my music l
essons helped me to keep up with the older kids. I had found a niche, and my niche helped me open up to other students in school and make friends.
I participated in band programs through middle school and high school. In middle school I began studying saxophone and flute so I could play in the jazz band. As a high school junior and senior I also got the opportunity to play in the Denver University Concert Band, and I was first chair clarinet in Colorado All-State Band and Orchestra.
I attended the University of Denver on a swimming scholarship as an Accounting Major and Music Minor. I was first clarinet in the 1st Infantry Army Band at Ft. Meade, Maryland and then I toured Europe as first chair flute in the 3rd Army Band based in Wurzburg, Germany. I was honorably discharged after a three year tour. I returned to the states and enrolled in Metropolitan State College as a Music Performance Major.
I started teaching and playing professionally during college and have done so ever since. In the course of my career I have performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra (CSO) on clarinet and saxophone, on second clarinet with the Central City Opera, and as a soloist for the Littleton and Jefferson Symphony Orchestras on clarinet and saxophone. I have performed on woodwinds for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities and the Denver Municipal Band. I have played shows at the Boulder Dinner Theater, the Country Dinner Playhouse, the Littleton Town Hall Center for the Arts, the Schwayder Theater, and the new Lone Tree Center for the Arts and with PHAMLY (the Physically Handicapped Actors & Musical Artists League) and Magic Moments.
I have played professionally many styles of music (jazz, blues, pop, ethnic, klezmer, polkas) for clubs, parties, weddings, and concerts with the Benny Goodman Band, Tommy Dorsey Band, Jay Wieder Dance Orchestra, Moments Notice, Rave Reviews, and Ad Hoc Entertainment in big band, quartet, trio and duo settings.
I have been featured on many CDs for such artists as Mary Stribling, Georgeann Low, Neil Haverstick, Big Junior, Scott Smith, Martha Yordy and Ben Cohen.
I also perform concerts and record with Combo Amazo, a band that plays original jazz, blues, bluegrass, and klezmer. We were featured on the several NPR radio shows including E-town with Richie Havens. I lead a strolling duo on clarinet with guitar that played in the Denver International Airport Concert Series for 20 years and is available for any event.
I decided to teach because I wanted to share the enthusiasm and joy I have for music with students. I feel passionate about helping develop a child’s talents as a musician. I relate to well kids and can provide an atmosphere where kids are motivated to learn. I also enjoy teaching adults.
I help the student build good fundamentals. I customize lessons to define and reach realistic goals and address students’ school band needs or other musical activities. I respect students’ other interests and pursuits. I am an experienced professional musician well versed in woodwinds and a variety of styles. I can offer students a broad spectrum of musical knowledge. I can teach all levels from a young beginner to an adult professional. I have given clinics at many local high schools. I would love to share my skills and expertise with students.
*** Lesson Details *** I am patient and somewhat laid back. I help the student build good fundamentals. I customize lessons to define and reach realistic goals and address students’ school band needs or other musical activities. I respect students’ other interests and pursuits. I want to help you meet goals that we set together. I give weekly assignments and use a variety of method books and other materials to provide what the student requires. You are unique and special my goal is to help YOU succeed with your musical goals. I am there to motivate you and make your lesson a valuable and enjoyable experience. I like to laugh.
*** Specialties *** General teaching philosophy I help my students build good fundamentals. I customize lessons to define and reach realistic goals and address students’ school band needs or other musical activities. I respect students’ other interests and pursuits. I am an experienced professional musician well versed in woodwinds and a variety of styles. I can offer students a broad spectrum of musical knowledge. I can teach all levels from a young beginner to an adult professional. I can offer individual or group instruction.
I play and teach all types of flutes, clarinets, saxophones, and recorders. I play and teach baroque flute and Electric Wind Instrument (EWI) to cover double reeds or any other sound you might need. I use high quality Yamaha and Roland synthesizers for my patches.
Tracy L. May 4, 2015
In home Verified Student
My son has had three lessons so far, and we have been very impressed. Mr. Grainger does a great job of encouraging my son through positive feedback, making lessons fun, and giving him very specific, targeted feedback to improve his playing. He has been very flexible and responsive to our changing needs. I highly recommend him.
Cynthia R. August 15, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Harry and I began as strangers, and in these past weeks have become family. My reintroduction to clarinet playing is progressing very well, and complimenting my educational experience as a whole. I work full time and am a full time graduate student. Harry's motivation for me to practice helps my study habits. I look forward to each lesson, progressing to the next level!
Stephanie O. August 3, 2013
Saxophone Verified Student
Harry G. is an excellent saxophone teacher with a wide range of knowledge. He is pleasant and engaging and has made learning a second instrument for my 10 year old son FUN! Luke is already playing duets with Harry after only 1 month of lessons! I can't recommend Harry G. enough!!
I have been performing music since I was in the 4th grade when I started playing clarinet. In the 8th grade I started playing the oboe, and decided in my senior year to go to Ithaca College to become a music teacher, studying with Paige Morgan.
While at Ithaca College, I had a private studio of 4 oboe players who were in middle school and high school. My oldest student was selected to be an oboe player at the NYSSMA All-State conference. I also toured around New York state playing in operas, as a solist, and in many broadway shows.
Upon graduation I was hired by Teach for Am
erica and Denver Public Schools to be a music teacher k-8th grade. I taught music theory, band, orchestra and piano.
I now play the flute, oboe, saxophone or clarinet for hire, and love to share my love for music with my students.
*** Lesson Details *** For beginning students, I believe it is important to have the student able to play a song by the end of the first lesson. From there we will work hard to understand all of the signs and symbols that are present on the page. I am a fairly laid back person, but I have high expectations in and out of lessons, and will hold students to those expectations. Performance is one of the things that I value most, so at least once a lesson the student will be expected to perform from beginning to end a song as if it were a performance.
For intermediate students, we will begin by reviewing basic techniques, as well as diving into the complex art of music performance. We will be exploring emotions as we also improve technique, breathing, and phrasing. I will continue to hold these students to high expectations.
For advanced students, I will be pushing them to always put themselves into their music, simply being able to play the notes on the page will not be enough at this level. Thought and care must be put into their practice and in our lessons so that the mood they are trying to convey with the music is able to get across to the audience.
For music theory students, lessons will be more tailored to what they already know and what they want to know for their musical future.The beginning will involve a brief test to see what they already know, and from there we will explore many different musical styles and genres and the complex make-up of music.
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide music stands and some supplemental music. I expect my students to have their instrument, books, reeds and a pencil.
*** Specialties *** Beginning Oboe Flute/Oboe Solo Performance (especially contest preperation) Orchestral Repertoire Beginning Music Theory Advanced Music Theory Elementary School/Middle School/High School/GED Math Middle School/High School Science Music Tutoring All Levels
Brenda A. April 6, 2014
Singing Verified Student
Andrew is talented and a great teacher--what a combo
Andrew was hired to work with our son on piano and voice and he has been absolutely exceptional. He has a ton of talent and knows how to teach--these things do not always go hand in hand. It's clear he works with a lot of young kids and teens and his communication and feedback are excellent.
I can teach you how to read music, form the correct embouchure, breathe effectively, produce good tone, develop technique, and introduce you to some standard clarinet literature.
*** Travel Equipment *** I will provide a music stand, books when needed (i.e. supplementary or new material), and manuscript paper for writing out lessons. I expect students to provide chairs that support good posture, music books we have already worked on, a pencil, and their instrument (along with all necessary maintenance supplies; ie reeds, cleaning cloths, etc)
*** Specialties *** I am a California and Colorado certified music teacher (B.M. in Music, M.A. in Teaching), currently teaching at East High School in Denver, Colorado. My specialties are woodwind instruments, guitar, and
piano. Along with all of these, I will include theoretical elements that will make the music more meaningful. I am passionate about song-writing and theory, so I can also tutor you in these fields.
I use a variety of method books and created materials for the various instruments I teach. I will inform students if they need to purchase any books when they sign up for lessons.
See the details for each instrument to see what level of students I am currently accepting for each category.
My summer availability is pretty open, since I am a school teacher. In the school year, my schedule will revert to evenings and weekends.
Because of my skills as a Elementary and Middle School Music I will be able to give you a quality experience in beginning to learn the Clarinet.
My name is Alan M. I have been the Denver music area for over 30 years. I have been playing professionally for all of that time playing Drumset to Timpani in many professional orchestras, Dance Bands and small Jazz and Rock Combos.
I have also had the pleasure to perform some great Musicals and Operas over the years. My students have been selected for some very prestigious scholarships.
I have also had my fair share of students win positions to the Denver School of the Arts.
*** Lesson Details *** Private lessons are usually an half hour. During this time we will be working on fundam
entals. Which is how to read and understand the music that is front of you. One of the most important goals that I impress on the student is learning how to be their own teacher for lifelong learning. Performance skills will also be covered.
*** Studio Equipment *** Basement/Music studio w/ piano, 2 drum sets, trumpet, flute, clarinet, and seating for parents
Instruction for all ages and ability levels on all saxophones, clarinets, and flutes.
Woodwind specialist Ryan hails from Aurora, Colorado, and is currently based in the Denver and Boulder areas. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Colorado, where he serves as the Graduate Teaching Assistant for the saxophone studio. He also holds a Master of Music Degree in Saxophone from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and graduated summa cum laude from Colorado State University with Bachelor’s Degrees in Music Performance and Education. An extremely in-demand private instructor, Ryan's students have been selected to p
rincipal chairs in such ensembles as the Colorado All-State Band and Jazz Band, Northern Kentucky Honor Band, Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble, and many more. Equally comfortable in classical, jazz, popular, and sacred settings, Ryan has shared the stage with Fareed Haque, Matt Wilson, Greg Gisbert, The Lettermen, and many others. Ryan performs regularly with the TomaScoyk Duo and the Promethean Quartet, whose debut album "Through Adam's Fall" was released in 2013. Ryan's newest recording project, "Somewhere Between," will be released Summer 2015. Equally split as a performer and educator, Ryan is an energetic and innovative teacher, as well as an experienced music arranger and recording engineer.
Laurie B. December 20, 2014
I whole-heartedly recommend Ryan as a private instructor. My middle school-aged son had enjoyed learning to play saxophone in his school band, but towards the end of his 1st year was getting bored by the slow pace. After beginning lessons w Ryan (through the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music) his interest, enthusiasm & skill improved dramatically & he began to excel as a musician. Ryan was soon guiding him through more complicated compositions, and the joy of playing was evident every time my son picked up his sax. With Ryan’s training, he learned to prepare for auditions, and as a result has won a seat (and solos!) in several State & city select bands, jazz ensembles and every group his school has to offer.
Ryan’s personality was a great fit for my son. He’s very professional, while being completely approachable, patient & encouraging, and his love of music is passed along to his students. His versatility & broad knowledge of musical genres allow him to introduce new directions for his students to explore. With Ryan, my son studied classical compositions and also deepened his interest in Jazz. The chance to work with Ryan on his improv skills was very valuable to him...it brought a new level of confidence & comfort to his playing.
I would recommend Ryan to anyone looking for a private music instructor, either for themselves or for their son or daughter!
Christy H. December 17, 2014
My daughter's school has had 2 band directors in as many years. And while the new director is good, I didn't think he had time for individual students when starting this new job. He was busy with marching band, concert band, jazz band, pep band, concerts, etc. My daughter was frustrated and ready to quit music (band). I choose Ryan to tutor my daughter one-on-one. I'm so glad I did. After only a few months now, but her skills have greatly increased. She shows more knowledge, confidence, and ability than after a whole year of school band! She knows scales and can play songs that her band hasn't started yet. In less than 4 months, she went from barely playing scales and a couple songs to playing almost anything in her music book. She now gets straight A's in band and loves to play. Ryan is very skilled at teaching many instruments. He knows how to explain concepts at the students' level, and makes lessons fun. I would highly recommend hiring Ryan to teach your child.
Louise F. December 17, 2014
My son started taking private lessons from Ryan while Ryan was still an undergraduate music student at Colorado State University. Ryan's personable teaching style and enthusiasm contributed to my son's own enthusiasm for playing the saxophone. He taught my son both classic and jazz music. His own love for music comes through his teaching, and he instilled in my son the desire to explore and experiment on his own. Ryan is a truly inspirational music teacher, who develops an easy rapport with his students and encourages them to greater accomplishments.
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Review by Anat
Susan is a great pleasant teacher. My 8 years old son knew nothing in music and after 3 lessons he already played a kids song. She is very
professional and kind. She is working with my son according to his ability and the kind of music that he likes. We had 10 lessons with her and we just enrolled for another 12. My son doesn't won't to miss a lesson, we were lucky to have her us our music teacher."
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Tracy
"My son has had three lessons so far, and we have been very impressed. Mr. Grainger does a great job of encouraging my son through positive feedback, makin
g lessons fun, and giving him very specific, targeted feedback to improve his playing. He has been very flexible and responsive to our changing needs. I highly recommend him."
Denver, CO teacher:
Review by Gustavo
I am taking clarinet classes with Mrs. Shannon, I appreciate her professionalism, knowledge sharing and dedication during class. She will
find the way for the student to understand the concepts and help you progress with your instrument learning.
I definitely recommend Shannon as a music teacher for all levels."
Houston, TX teacher:
Review by David
"I have been taking my daughter Summer to Hayes home for several months and I can see her improvement as time goes by. He is very patient and makes her fee
l relaxed. Summer asks for certain songs she wants to learn and he does his best to find the music. He is a good listener and has well-thought suggestions to help her play better. Summer is 12 yrs. old and a beginner but she is doing well. I would recommend him to any prospective student.."
San Antonio, TX teacher:
Review by Kurt
"My Highest Recommendation
As co-prinicpal trumpet and Associate Music Director of the Hanover Wind Symhony it's my pleasure to have worked with Dimitry f
or over 15 years. Dimitry is an exceptionally gifted and highly respected clarinetist who brings years of global performance experience to his teaching. Polite, patient and well spoken it is a pleasure to listen to him speak about music, no matter what the subject or genre. His passion for his craft is evident from the very first time you meet him. I highly recommend Dimity as a performer and educator!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Gilchrist
"Excellent Music Teacher
My older daughter ( 11 years old ) is studying the clarinet. Jeff has an obvious, observable passion for the clarinet. His teachi
ng style is very encouraging, and comes from a base of many years of personal experience playing the clarinet. He starts where the student is, and ably eases them along, correcting gently when necessary, and rejoicing with each triumph.
I would recommend Jeff without reservation to anyone looking for a music teacher!
My younger daughter ( 7 years old ) will study piano with him this summer."
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Roberta
"Understood my musical needs
As an adult student who has some musical background, Maria was able to adapt her teaching to what is perfect for me. Not too
slow, not too fast. Time just flew by and I feel I got something out of every minute.
She says she loves teaching and it shows. I'd bet she's just as good with kids and teenagers, with those with music knowledge and without, as she was with me.
I'm very happy that I signed up with her and am looking forward to more lessons."
Scranton, PA teacher:
Review by Patricia
"My daughter made noticeable improvements with her clarinet in just one hour with Isaiah. He is an effective instructor, personable, and punctual. Recommen
Houston, TX teacher:
Review by Alexis
"My experience as having Mr. David O. as a teacher has been nothing but positive!
Not only is Mr. David O. a patient teacher but he also knows that eve
ry student is different by taking an interest in each student, which in my opinion is very important, and will do his best to teach them with different methods. His teaching schedule is pretty flexible and also has more than enough experience to teach both saxophone and clarinet. If I hadn't had him as my clarinet instructor, I probably wouldn't have done as many things without his encouragement.
Last year as a high school senior, I never even thought of auditioning for anything, let alone for regional band. In fact, I was going to dismiss it until I asked Mr. David O. his opinion of what I should do. He had me go for the sake of receiving audition experience then helped me through my scales and etudes. A couple of months later it’s finally audition day and I got into regional band on my first try, which isn't as common or easy as one would think. As a clarinetist who has been playing for 8 years now, I have never improved as drastically in my music experience as I have with Mr. David O. and recommend him to anyone who has a love of music."